Covid stimulus bill stalls while US economy shows gains


Washington (AFP) – US lawmakers on Friday grappled with drama-inducing delays to President Joe Biden’s massive stimulus proposal, with an economic backdrop of better-than-expected hiring in February as businesses battered by the pandemic began recruiting employees again. Negotiations in the evenly divided Senate dragged on for more than nine hours as centrist Democrats advocating fiscal restraint sought changes to the $1.9 trillion Covid relief package.  The impasse — over the amount and duration of supplemental unemployment insurance benefits for people left jobless during the pandemic — im…

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